An all-Japanese and Japanese-American creative team transports Puccini’s tragedy to a virtual-reality setting that re-envisions how we view Madame Butterfly’s story. Experience the music you know and love in a production that re-imagines the opera’s events through the fantasy of a modern-day Pinkerton.
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Matthew Ozawa’s new production of Madame Butterfly is “upending … stereotypes about women and Japanese culture… ‘We have an immense duty to this piece, to Butterfly and to the Asian community,’ Ozawa said. ‘There might be some discomfort in our story, but change can only come if there’s discomfort.’ ” – Javier C. Hernández, New York Times, July 24, 2023
“It’s an extraordinary re-envisioning of the opera, a subtle critique that does no violence to the work but focuses attention on what is already there.” – Joe Law, Opera News, July 27, 2023
“Karah Son is an extraordinary talent; a wondrous voice full of expression and emotion, colour and sensitivity. What amazing vocal control as she becomes Cio-Cio-San, the beautiful and trusting young geisha so cynically exploited by Pinkerton, the heartless, misogynistic American naval lieutenant.” – Daily Telegraph
“The fantastical, anime-inspired sets were designed by Kimie Nishikawa, while Maiko Matsushima designed the boldly colored costumes. Elsewhere, Yuki Nakase Link has created an otherworldly lightscape that brings Nishikawa’s sets to life. Indeed, the whole team has been working together to craft an experience that takes Puccini’s work to a modern realm—all while retaining the authenticity of the original manuscript.” —Pride Source, September 2023